The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRIGHTON need to be care­ful now. There are shades of last sea­son de­vel­op­ing when a mid­sea­son slump even­tu­ally cost the Seag­ulls au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

They got into the play-offs with a storm­ing fin­ish, but had shot them­selves in the foot with a dis­mal run of seven games with­out a vic­tory. It’s only two games with­out a win now, but there is less lee­way with the fi­nal run-in loom­ing.

The mid­week de­feat at home to New­cas­tle was dam­ag­ing and this adds to the pres­sure.

There was con­tro­versy in the way Brighton lost, an off­side claim for the first goal, a goal­keeper’s howler for the sec­ond and a penalty for the third, but that isn’t the whole story.

Against a For­est side strug­gling to keep clear of rel­e­ga­tion and their team se­lec­tion hit by in­juries, they were poor.

Brighton have now lost four out of their last 11, the shock­ing FA Cup loss at Lin­coln in­cluded, and a big per­for­mance and a win is needed at Rother­ham on Tues­day.

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